NORMAN SOLOMON – The part of the First Amendment that prohibits â€œabridging the freedom â€¦ of the pressâ€ is now up against the wall, as the Obama administration continues to assault the kind of journalism that can expose government secrets.
RITIKA SINGH and BENJAMIN WITTES – Political parties in the United States, like a spatting couple in a bad marriage, have been fighting over the law of counterterrorism for more than a decade. And like the spatting couple, they have developed an almost rote script for their fight. The script has a logic of its own. It is a comfortable one for both spousesâ€”and the fight is soothing in its own way. Republicans and Democrats alike wrap up some portion of their partyâ€™s identity and self-image in the conflict over national-security policy. The fight gives each side the impressionâ€”and the confidenceâ€”that the other endangers America. And it gives each side something to tell voters about why they should vote one way rather than another.
PETER J. HENNINGS – The criminal investigation was prompted by a referral from the Senateâ€™s Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations, based on its 635-page report on the financial crisis that included details on Goldmanâ€™s transactions in mortgage-backed securities. The report highlighted potential conflicts of interest in how Goldman dealt with its clients and questioned whether Mr. Blankfein testified truthfully at an April 2010 subcommittee hearing when he said that the firm did not have a â€œmassive shortâ€ position to bet on a decline the housing market.